This issue is a legitimate concern. I share the following information without giving it a slant. I now understand that a woman at the First Republicans meeting in June asked Eric whether he had any dirty laundry. (I arrived late and sat at the far end of the table, so I was unaware of this exchange.) He answered that he had a domestic charge on his record. It is the woman who asked him who informed me of this exchange, and who therefore observes that he himself brought the charge to the fore in June, at least to anyone listening.
Douglas' accounts contradicts assertions by Carson, the Star and others that Dickerson tried to hide his past arrest record. Douglas also dispels any notion that Republicans did not support him in this year's primary because of the arrest record. He writes:
I have heard speculation, and have speculated myself, that it was the knowledge of the domestic charge that may have precluded the Republican Party from supporting Dickerson earlier on. I put that question to a highly ranked Republican in the Party, who told me that the news came as much as a surprise to them. I believe the lack of Republican Party support for Dickerson relates to three issues: the fact that he gored the chosen ox in the Republican Primary, that he refused to submit to House Republican leadership (more on that shortly), and that the Republicans don't expect him to win. I don't think there was any knowledge of the domestic charge at higher levels of the Party, even though he himself spoke of it.
Douglas has much more to say on the Carson-Dickerson race and an explanation of why he believes Indiana's GLBT community would be better served in Congress by Dickerson, who opposes a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriages, and who supports extending federal civil rights protections to cover sexual orientation. Douglas also details Dickerson's refusal to sign a pledge promising to support Dennis Hastert for Speaker as the reason national Republicans have so far failed to support his campaign. To read more, click here.